Who We Are
Northrop Grumman has had a strong partnership with the United Arab Emirates for more than 25 years and has been a leading supplier providing a range of capabilities and technologies in defence, security, and communications. Northrop Grumman is a key subcontractor for the UAE Air Force F-16 Block 60 Desert Falcon and offers a range of solutions for cyber security, C4ISR, logistics, and autonomous systems.
In 2016, Walid Abukhaled was named chief executive, Northrop Grumman Middle East, to include company interests across the entire Middle East region. Previously, Abukhaled was chief executive, Northrop Grumman Saudi Arabia, based in our corporate office in Riyadh. In that position, he was responsible for leading the company’s operations in the Kingdom, accelerating growth and exploring opportunities for public-private partnerships.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Abukhaled was Deputy Minister for Industrial Affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in Riyadh. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of General Electric (GE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, during which time he led the company’s operations and strategy for growth. Before joining GE, Abukhaled worked for BAE Systems in Saudi Arabia for more than 20 years, including serving as director of portfolio management.